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Best of 2012 List

I helped out with a little collab list over at SceneSC that you can check out here, but I wanted to put together my personal faves of the past year. (And I saw all but one of them live?)

Honorable Mentions
Youth – Wild Cub
Cabaret – Moon Taxi
Fear Fun – Father John Misty
Born & Raised – John Mayer

10. channel ORANGE – Frank Ocean
I rarely ever say this, but I should’ve listened to Mel Washington sooner.

9. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
No, classy girls don’t kiss in bars you fool. I listened to this record a LOT this year, no shame.

8. Kids Raising Kids – Kopecky Family Band
Took long enough. I love these kids. My only complaint is that they’re touring so much I barely get to see them around town anymore.

7. Plastic Moon – Madi Diaz
Oh Madi. Every guy I know swoons over her. Every girl I know connects with her songs (and swoons over her). Madi moved to the other coast so I didn’t get to see her as much this year, but when I did… it was delightful. Also she got a pony tattoo. All the cool girls have horse tattoos 

6. Apologies – David Ramirez
I wanted a sad record, I got a sad record. Apologies is simple and beautiful. “Stick Around” is gut-wrenching and scarily relatable. Saw him play to an incredibly quiet yet packed 12th and Porter this Fall. You could’ve heard a pin drop in there, he had everyone’s undivided attention. Glad to see this guy getting some love outside of Austin.

5. Gutter Gaunt Gangster – The Weeks
This is the album I wanted but didn’t know I wanted. By a band I’d only heard a little bit of before. My turntable saw a lot of this camo green record this year.

4. O’ Be Joyful – Shovels & Rope
When I grow up, I want to be even just half as badass at Cary Ann Hearst. I pulled a reverse Cary Ann… grew up in Charleston and then moved to Nashville. “Kemba Got The Cabbage Moth Blues” is my favorite track and I hit repeat at least 2x every time. If you haven’t seen them live (shame on you, they’re road dogs) – DO IT NOW.

3. Blak and Blu – Gary Clark Jr.
A friend told me about this guy this summer. Come to find out, several of my friends had been keeping him a secret from me. (Like how my roommate spent one night sharing cheese fries with him.)  I got sucked in and I love it. I’d like to marry some of his guitar tones. The record store day issue of this vinyl is also a masterpiece.

2. Nothing’s Going To Change The Way I Feel About You Now – Justin Townes Earle
I’ve always kind of liked JTE and seen him play around Nashville a good bit but it wasn’t until this album that I was fully on board.

1. Some Nights – Fun.
This record WAS 2012 for me. I remember being in NYC December of 2011 and hearing “One Foot” as the follow up to “We Are Young” — just knowing that this album was going to be huge. When it was available for streaming, I couldn’t get past the title track, I just kept hitting repeat. I got mad at the auto-tune. I fell in love with the auto-tune. The bonus track “Out On The Town” became my favorite. I flew to NYC on a day’s notice to experience their 2 night SOLD OUT stand at Terminal 5 this summer. Honestly, I’d pay to hear Nate Ruess sing the phonebook, but he always delivers way more.